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J Crew isn't making anything in these collabs with Red Wing, Levi's, etc. other than putting their name on the product and changing a few minor details. Any quality concerns should be with Lee itself, which tends to be a brand (especially the 101 line) that has a reputation for being problem-free.
That said, the denim is most likely from Kaihara since they use several different denims (13.25, 13.5, 13.75, 14 oz) for different models in the 101 line. Visually, hand, etc. it's comparable to Cone. It's definitely not as interesting as the Warehouse x Lee or the other Lee collabs, but it's not awful, either. That said, the non-J Crew 101 b can typically be found for less than J Crew's retail.
7 belt loops
half-selvedge (or whatever is the preferable term)
Talon zip (not a talon 42; only marking is a 1 on the back)
Copper "UFO" rivets with lee etched into the metal
left hand twill
Brown leather patch on back with the Lee 'twitch' lettering and R - M.R.
Woven inner waistband label saying "Lee R-M.R." in gold thread, then: Riders - Sanforized - Waist - Union Made. (the label is not centered, but sewn (on the inside) opposite the outside leather patch
rear pockets unlined
union label stitched into right rear pocket that says some stuff, including '101'
modern inside label that says things like
made under license by H.D. Lee...
Lee - 2965
8524 - 1607
The denim itself is not a very deep dark indigo like I seem to see on, say, the 1966. Strictly looking at online pics, which I know is sketchy, the color looks close to this "12oz 5 Dips Dry" pair on cultizim:
Any help is appreciated. I wasn't sure I would like Lee jeans but, once i tried them on, I immediately loved them. They're really different than other denim I wear. I've been wearing a few vintage leather waist length jackets lately and the ginormous rise on the Lees suits these jackets better than most of my other jeans. Almost like Lady Luck new what I needed more than I did.
It’s time I take some evo pics…
Between you and me, I’ve been cheating and wearing them in the summer on days when it’s less than 90 degrees.
Iron Hearts are better, but this denim is actually super soft and more ridged than my mom’s Iron Heart 22oz jeans. The rivets on these are also insanely nice and heavy-duty. They also stand up and keep out water if you take a shower in them. My favorite jeans…
Gotta love the gold line selvedge